Bee pollen is a male seed in the size of powder that is located on the pestle of each flower. This pollen is collect from bees when they flying from flower to a flower. It is usually collected by placing a special device at the entrance of the bee hive. This device has a role to brush the substances from their hind legs into a special collection container. Also, in this process bees secrete a large number of enzymes in the pollen.
Bee pollen is oldest known dietary supplements. Its use like cure for various diseases is dates back to the time of the Egyptians and ancient Chinese. Therefore, he was called by many names, from “the fountain of youth” to “the ambrosia of the gods. “Pollen is rich in vitamins, especially B vitamins and contains trace of minerals, elements, amino acids and enzymes.
Pollen is composed from:
- 55% carbohydrates
- 35% protein
- 3% vitamins and minerals
- 2% fatty acids
- 5% other substances
Also, it contains substances that are considered antioxidants, such as: beta carotene, vitamin C and E, lycopene, selenium and flavonoids.
In the part of nutritional and healing properties:
- pollen enhances the immune system
- controls body weight
- relieves allergic symptoms
- increases strength
- improves sexual function
- improves vitality and endurance
- slows down the aging process, and prolongs life.
Bee pollen strengthens the immune system through its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have a role, to deactivate free radicals in the body. Because, free radicals is byproducts of oxygen that can damage the cells and are associated with a number of degenerative diseases. Especially those related to aging. Antioxidants can block further damage and even reduce much of the cellular oxidation that has already been made.
Also, bee pollen is suggested to be used as an antidote to the impact of radiation and environmental pollutants that weaken the immune system.
It’s also worth mentioning:
- According to a study published in the September 2010 issue of the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Bee pollen reduces the side effects from chemotherapy medication in cancer treatment.
- It is used for treatment of alcoholism, asthma, allergies, and stomach problems.
- Positively effects on treatment of chronic prostatitis or enlarged prostate.
- Decreasing the symptoms of PMS.
- Also, helps increase appetite, prevents premature aging, rheumatism, painful urination, and nausea as a consequence of radiation.
- It is used for bleeding problems, including vomiting and blood coughing, bloody diarrhea, nose bleeding and brain bleeding.
- Pollen softens the skin, so it is used as an additive in creams or masks for the skin, face and body. It is believed to help in treating eczema, acne and scarring.
How much pollen should be consumed?
Since the use of pollen has no proven treatment, there is no standard dose. Some people use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon granules per day. The dose is gradually increased to 6 teaspoons.
But, in order to avoid side effects, consult your doctor about whether and how much you should take a daily dose of pollen. However, individuals with allergies to bee stings and ragweed and intolerance to honey should avoid bee pollen, because they may face a more serious (anaphylactic) pollen reaction.
Note: This information is solely for informational purposes. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
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